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How do I know if I have Bed Bugs?

"How do I know if I have bed bugs?" it's a very common question. Many people with bed bug infestations don't know that they have pests in their home. This is because bed bugs are nocturnal nesting parasites — they emerge before dawn, feed for 5-15 minutes, then return to their hiding places. Their ability to hide deep inside cracks and crevices make bed bugs difficult to spot, but there are ways to help confirm their presence through bed bug monitors, fecal matter, shed skins, blood spots, and even a unique smell. Most bed bugs hide out within 10-15 feet of your bed, which makes that a good place to start looking. Below are some tell-tale indicators that you may have these unwanted pests.

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Bed Bug Pictures

BED BUG PICTURES

Knowing what bed bugs look like is key in diagnosing an infestation. Pictured above is a close-up of an adult beg bug, about the size of an apple seed — baby bed bugs are much smaller, and can appear almost transparent More Bed Bugs Pictures

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Bed Bug Bits

BED BUG BITES

Waking up in the morning with a row of red welts that burn and itch could be a sign of bed bugs. Bed bugs tend to leave straight rows of bites, unlike some other insects that leave bites here and there. More Bed Bug Bites Pictures

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Blood Stains

BLOOD STAINS

Bed bugs often leave blood stains on sheets, pillows, and furniture. These small red spots, often left in trails, are from bed bugs spitting up some of the blood they were drinking, or from them being crushed by people rolling over in their sleep More Pictures of Blood Stains

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Bed Bug Black Feces

BED BUG BLACK FECES

Bed Bug Feces, usually thin black spots or streaks, are made up of digested blood that was excreted by the bedbugs as they returned to their hideout. To confirm that the mark is from a bed bug, try dabbing it with a wet paper towel; it should leave a red smudge More Pictures of Bed Bug Feces

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Bed Bug Skins

BED BUG SKINS

Bed bugs shed their skin as they move through the 5 stages of their development. This clear skin with a tint of brown or amber can be easily spotted. This is a great indicator that bed bugs may be present More Bed Bug Skin Pictures

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Have Bed Bugs? Get Rid of Bed Bugs in 4 Easy Steps.

Bed bugs can greatly impact you and your family, which is why we've developed a proven solution to get rid of bed bugs that are spreading all over the United States.

Step1
Encase Your Mattress
/ Stop the Biting
with our bed bug mattress covers

Bed bugs like to nest close to their host, so you'll most likely find them on your mattress, box spring, or pillows. This is why you need certified bed bug mattress encasements. Our bed bug mattress covers from SafeRest fully seal the mattress and box spring, preventing bed bugs from entering, escaping, or feeding through its non-vinyl fabric.

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Step2

With your mattress and bedding now encased, it's time to elevate your bed with ClimbUp Interceptors to prevent bed bugs from reaching you. Bed bugs often hide in furniture, along baseboards, and inside cracks and crevices. When placed under each leg of your bed, ClimbUp Interceptors can stop bed bugs from climbing up your bed by trapping them in a talcum-lined pit.

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Step3

Bed bugs can hide just about anywhere a credit card can fit, and can be found in any small crack or space in your home or among your belongings. In order to kill bed bugs efficiently, we recommend a bed bug steamer and a PackTite bed bug heater. Simple steam along the edges of the room and along the seams of your mattresses, chairs, and sofas. The PackTite heater can safely treat shoes, bags, books, and other items that can't be steam-cleaned.

bed bug steamers
Step4

We recommend a combination of both contact and residual bed bug sprays, designed specifically to kill bed bugs. Bed bug contact sprays will kill bed bugs quickly, but evaporate within minutes. Residual sprays and powders, such as diatomaceous earth powder, offer long-lasting protection against future bed bugs, but kill more slowly — this is why we use both.

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Bed Bug Knowledge Base: Learn about your enemy

Learn about bed bugs and how to get rid of them with our helpful facts and articles.

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Startling Bed Bug Facts

  • Bed bugs can ingest up to 7 times their weight.
  • Bed bugs are able to live up to 18 months without a meal.
  • A severe infestation can result in over 500 bites in a single night.
  • Bedbugs are immune to many of today's insecticides.
  • There is no silver bullet for bed bugs — a cocktail approach is necessary to eliminate an infestation.
  • Many people live with bed bugs without knowing they're there.
  • Eggs hatch within 2 weeks and only take 4 weeks to become fully grown.
  • Reported case have increased over 500% over the past few years.
  • Bed bug infestations are a traumatic experience that can cause increased stress, anxiety, and insomnia.
  • Females can lay up to 500 eggs over their lifetime.

Bed Bug Articles

We don't just offer products — We're here to help!

We're passionately committed to helping you get rid of bed bugs in a fast, effective, and discreet way. But we'll let the testimony of our satisfied customers do the talking:

We had bed bugs for several months until we came across bed bug supply. They were very helpful and you could tell they truly care about their customers. Mike helped us select the right treatment based on our needs and it worked. We are now bed bug free, thanks to Bed Bug Supply.

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With the bed bug situation we decided to take preventive measures. We purchased SafeRest encasements, which were high quality and as described. The package was sent out promptly and we were provided a tracking number. Professional company that we would recommend to others.

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